"This is a fictionalized memoir. It says so right there in the description. However the author, Melissa P, has made comments that suggest this story is similar to her own and the character in the book is also named Melissa. She was only 17 when this book was published, which I find amazing. As someone else reviewed, the prose is quite beautiful and even poetic.
Read the description above fully so you know what to expect. There are graphic descriptions of certain activities that are not for the faint of heart. Personally I found the writing so eloquent and the story so consuming that the disturbing passages did not bother me as they might have in another book. Basically, Melissa searches for happiness through a series of rough sexual escapades. Not a "feel good" read, but compelling. I was immediately sucked in to Melissa's world. I even picked up the book at red lights."
"I read this last year when it came highly recommended by a friend. I was disappointed. While I liked Zane's writing style, I could not empathize with the main character. She was actually annoying the hell out of me. Try Nervous instead which is somewhat of a spinoff from Addicted. Much better."
"This book won the National Book Award for Young People and was chosen as one of Amazon's Top 50 Editor's Picks for 2006. I bought this for my husband who LOVED it, was immediately drawn in on the first chapter and said it was universally appealing to young and old. He also let his 12 year old little sister read it, and she finished it in one day!"
"I read this book a few years back. I thought it was absolutely fantastic. The "Business Plan" writing style appealed to the way I think, and there was a lot of good, solid information. No quick weight loss or fad diet here. I lost about 20 lbs in a very healthy way."
"This book is okay. Interesting enough that I could continue to read if I have time but easily able to put it down. Fun little insights into the industry and definitely more chicklit than erotic. If you miss this one, you're not missing much. I probably won't read Diary of a Married Call Girl."
"Interesting little book, not exactly what I thought it would be. Read it in one sitting, exactly 100 pages. I did not like how other religions were attacked, but other parts were thought provoking. 3 stars"
"I love the way Erlbaum writes, totally engrossing, and propelled me back to those teenage years where everything seemed so dramatic. The story is in sync with those kinds of circles: drugs, casual sex, etc. While cover reviews cite the spirit of Basketball Diaries and Girl, Interrupted, I definitely got a KIDS vibe. It's really more a combination of all that and then some.
"If you are curious about the adult industry, read this book. I doubt you could find more honest information about it anywhere else. She lays it all out in a frank manner which I enjoyed. Scattered throughout the book are fun things like Dancer Injuries 101 and The 10 Commandments of Killer Head.
Her story is entertaining although maybe not unique. In the end, I found it a bit sad. All in all, an engrossing read.